Community workers and charity organizers have defended the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after they were accused of letting the country and their family down by seeking to step back from their senior royal status.
The criticism of Harry and Meghan, the Queen said on Monday while she would have preferred them to stay as full-time royals she was “entirely supportive” of the plan.
Some members of the military hit out at Harry especially over the weekend, accusing him of disrespect to the Queen and his former comrades, with one saying his fellow marines were “very upset, if not disgusted” with the choice.
But on Monday in Nottingham, people that have worked alongside the couple grassroots and research initiatives gave them their strong support and said that they had been impressed by the extent of their commitment to their work.
“He genuinely cared about these young vulnerable people and said very nice things to them that encouraged them,” Baz said. “They are memories that have cursed with those kids and with me since then.
“We had just been starting when he came and highlighted the work that we were doing. It made a huge difference and you’ll see that he was frustrated by the time restrictions that he was under.”
Dr. Laura Waters, who spoke to the couple in 2017 once they visited a World Aids Day fair in Nottingham hosted by the HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust, said their appearance during what was their first official engagement together had been significant.
“One of the most important issues that people living with HIV have is the stigma, so you actually can’t quantify the impact of getting people of such a status embracing them and selecting the Terence Higgins Trust for his or her first engagement,” she said.
Waters, the chair of British HIV Association, spoke of the “huge loyalty” to them from the charities they need to be supported, adding: “From working in HIV I do feel very protective of them, and if I’m asked about the royals I attempt to explain the work that he – and William – have finished normalization and to counter stigmatization.
There’s a way that Harry may be a normal bloke. during a way, I suppose he’s the most normal bloke within the royalty.
The sentiment was echoed by Henry Kulaya, a former principal of Nottingham Academy, where the royal couple met children and mentors from a program found out to support children within the deprived St Ann’s area against getting involved in crime.
I met them twice with Meghan and 4 times with Prince Harry within the space of a year and a touch. His whole approach was considerably right down to earth and he bonded with the youngsters on each visit when he came in with minimal security, Kulaya said.
He came back with Meghan, and that I think she was enthused by the very fact that this is a school with such an outsized proportion of youngsters from a black and mixed-race background and that they were enthused by her.
She spoke tons about aspirations, which was powerful but it had been powerful just by her being seen.
Prince Harry may be a patron of 14 charities and organizations, while Meghan backs four. they need to be said that in their new life they shall start a “charitable entity”.
The support for the couple from the charity sector is in contrast to criticism voiced by some former army figures and others who have said they need lost respect for Harry, a veteran who did two tours in Afghanistan.
James Glancy, a former captain within the Special Boat Service who was elected last year as a Brexit party MEP, told the Daily Telegraph that other Royal Marines were.
very upset, if not disgusted by the disrespect to the Queen” by the couple not discussing their plans together with her before making announcements.
“If Harry goes down this route of semi-privatizing his role I wouldn’t raise a toast to him as he wouldn’t have my respect,” he said.
Derek Hunt, the daddy of a soldier who protected Harry in Afghanistan and later killed himself after developing post-traumatic stress disorder, told the Daily Mail the prince was “turning his back” on those he had served with.
I can’t help feeling he’s abandoning the royalty and slapping everyone within the face, including those he fought with and my son.